In the autumn of 2013 over 140 Anchor locations took part in events to launch our campaign to save the British Honey Bee.

Anchor staff and residents across England, with the help of local schoolchildren, planted seeds to make their gardens attractive to bees and to provide food for them over the cold months.

Our residents wanted to do their bit to help Britain’s wildlife; they felt we had to do our part because helping the honey bee will secure the diverse wildlife of this country for future generations.

In recent years, the bee population has come under threat with loss of habitat being one of the issues affecting their health. As bees pollinate a third of the food we eat, it’s important that we do our bit.

British Beekeepers Association General Secretary Jane Moseley welcomed Anchor’s campaign as it would help turn gardens into bee-friendly environments.

She said: “Honey bees are affected by a number of factors such as poor weather, disease and loss of habitat. They need a plentiful supply of nectar and pollen from spring through to autumn.

“By ensuring they have good sources of food from the beginning of the season, colonies can have the best start possible. Planting honey bee-friendly plants really can make a difference.”